The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd, also known as NAATI, is responsible for setting, maintaining, testing and certifying interpreters and translators in Australia. It is the national standards and certifying authority for translators and interpreters in Australia. It is the only organisation to issue certification to practitioners who wish to work in this profession in Australia.
NAATI certification provides quality assurance and confidence to consumers who rely on translator and interpreter services to participate effectively in our society. It also gives credibility to agencies that engage certified practitioners.
What is NAATI Certification
It is a system designed to evaluate if a candidate demonstrates the skills needed as a translator or interpreter in Australia. Certification gives assurance to people who engage interpreters or translators, that English and non-English speakers can interact effectively with each other.
What is CCL test?
The CCL (Credentialed Community Language) test is an assessment that assesses your language skills at the community level. The CCL test evaluates one’s ability to translate dialogues from English to another language (known as Language Other Than English, LOTE) and vice versa.
Who can take CCL?
CCL is generally taken by applicants who are looking to lodge point based application (Subclass 189, 190, 491). Candidates who pass the NAATI CCL test can claim ‘5 bonus points’ towards their permanent residency application when lodging certain point-based visa applications.
This test is not a professional certification, that means one cannot start working as an interpreter or a translator after passing this test.
Test Format Validity
This is an online test delivered via Microsoft teams.
The test consists of two dialogue recordings. Each dialogue represents a conversation between a native English Speaker and a native Language Other Than English (LOTE) speaker. Each dialogue is approximately 300 words, with about half in English and half in the LOTE. The dialogues are divided into segments of 35 words or less.
For detailed information on test format and candidate instructions, please visit NAATI’s website here.
CCL certification is valid for 3 years from the date of issue of the results.
Test Assessment Marking
Examiners assess a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in English and a LOTE.
Two significant factors that contribute to assessment are:
- Language Quality – competency in both English and LOTE
- Language Register – the level of formality with which a candidate transfers the meaning
Marks are deducted for errors based on:
- Accuracy (correctness of information)
- Distortions (misrepresentation of information)
- Omissions (removal of information)
- Insertions (addition of information)
As mentioned above, test comprises of two dialogues, each worth 45 marks. In order to pass the test, a candidate needs to score at least 29 marks in each dialogue and an overall score of 63 out of 90.
In order to achieve a pass, a candidate must score a pass in each dialogue. e.g. if a candidate achieves overall score of 63 or higher, but does not score the minimum pass of 29 in any dialogue, the overall result becomes irrelevant.
Test Preparation Application
NAATI has created some free practice materials and can be downloaded from its website.
Register to myNAATI and apply from within the portal. Once the application has been processed, which takes around 7 business days, you will receive an email stating the outcome. If successful, you will be able to make the payment and select a test date.
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